• The Armstrong Lie (2013)

The Armstrong Lie

Release Date: November 8th, 2013

DVD Release Date: February 11th, 2014

R |2 hr 2 min

Plot Summary

Filmmaker Alex Gibney chronicles Lance Armstrong's attempt to return to cycling, his admission of doping and subsequent fall from grace.

Cast: Alex Gibney, Lance Armstrong, Reed Albergotti, Daniel Coyle, Michele Ferrari, George Hincapie, Phil Liggett, Steve Madden

Director: Alex Gibney

Genres: Documentary

Production Co: Kennedy/Marshall, Matt Tolmach, Jigsaw Prods.

Keywords: Fall, 2000s, Rivalry, 2010s, Engaging, Rise, 1990s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Bruce IngramChicago Sun-Times

    You’d have to start looking into ancient Greek tragedy to top it as a showcase for pure, unadulterated hubris. That’s one of the things that makes The Armstrong Lie, which has more on its mind than the mere debunking of a tarnished hero, so worthwhile. show more

  • 70
    Boyd van HoeijThe Hollywood Reporter

    A quite absorbing but never riveting or revelatory overview of Armstrong’s career and testy personality. show more

  • 70
    Ella TaylorNPR

    If Gibney was looking for contrition, though, he didn't find it. Armstrong is candid about his doping and his legendary belligerence with the press. But he's confessing, not apologizing. And that "maybe not," mumbled to Oprah, is about as equivocal as he gets — on or off camera. show more

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Nominated Documentary
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2014)